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Virtual Chantey Sing Hosted by the SF Maritime Association
Saturday, December 16th, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM PST
This event will be livestreamed on our Givebutter page: https://givebutter.com/ChanteySing
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Questions? Email Peter Kasin
To view a list of recently sung chantey songs, please go here!
Song list from our November 2023 virtual sing (memorial and tribute to Dan Milner):
*Please note, this list reflects songs provided to us by singers in advance and may not be a complete list of all songs performed.
1. The Crabfish
2. Billy O'Shea
3. The Dreadnaught
4. Fair Winds and a Following Sea
5. Davey Cross
6. McNally's Row of Flats
7. Dunlavin Green
8. One More Day
9. Shoals of Herring
10. Run, Let the Bulgine Run
11. Tom Bowling
12. Think of Me
13. The Five Gallon Jar
14. Old Moke Picking On A Banjo
15. Across The Western Ocean
16. Mr. Tapscott
17. The Parting Glass
18. Molly Malone
19. Haul On The Bowline
20. South Australia
21. Ten Thousand Miles Away
22. Crossing the Bar
23. The River Lea
25. Frankie's Trade
26. Go To Sea No More
27. This World of Misery (Seven Long Years)
28. General Taylor
29. The Minstrel Boy
30. Deep Blue Sea
31. I Wish We'd Sailed on the Jeanie Johnston
32. Chanteyman Gone Aloft
33. Paddy West
34. Mingulay Boat Song
35. Billy O'Shea
36. Morlaix Bridge
37. Ranzo Ray
38. Leaving of Liverpool
More chantey sing opportunities: www.nwseaport.org
Historical Perspective: "Sea Chanteys" Then and Now
The San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park's Maritime Research Center is home to the largest library in the National Park Service. Below we highlight a few interesting resources and facts from the Maritime Research Center about the role "sea chanteys" have had upon the maritime industry and the formation of the San Francisco Bay Area. In fact, chantey singing in San Francisco continues to this day.
For over forty years sea music enthusiasts have gathered on the historic ships, C.A. Thayer and Balclutha, docked at Hyde Street Pier in San Francisco to sing chanteys and other sea songs. During the pandemic, we turned to virtual chantey sings, which expanded to include thousands of singers from around the world. Although in-person chantey sings have resumed at the San Francisco Maritime Museum Building, we are continuing virtual chanteys for our global community.
The term "sea chanteys" is usually used to describe work songs. These are shorter, with easily repeatable and remembered lyrics to be sung while hauling lines or turning a capstan. "Sea Songs," in general, refers to songs sung about sailors by sailors that reflect upon their time at sea, away from home, and in foreign ports.
For the library enthusiast in all of us, below is a link called the "Chantey Pathfinder" which contains a rich body of music recordings, books, journal articles, and favorites from song leader Peter Kasin who is a Park Ranger at the SF Maritime Park. All of these resources can be found using the search resources of the Maritime Research Center's Chantey Pathfinder here.
Every SF Maritime Association-supported chantey sing event will feature more resources from our friends at the library and collections department.